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Above half of Afghans want lockdowns lifted

Above half of Afghans want lockdowns lifted

May 21, 2020 - 17:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Above 50 percent of people say quarantine measures to prevent coronavirus spread should be lifted in cities, but 49 percent emphasize they should remain in place, a Pajhwok survey found.

When first positive coronavirus case was detected in western Herat province on February 24, quarantine measures were taken to prevent the pandemic.


In April, curfews were imposed in Kabul and most government workers were sent on leave and all markets, shops except food items and pharmacies were closed.

At least 8,145 people have so far been tested positive for the disease, 187 others died and 930 others recovered.

Pajhwok Afghan News conducted an online survey and asked its readers if the quarantine should be lifted or not.

At least 8,400 people participated in the survey.

About 51 percent of the respondents say that quarantine orders should be lifted while 49 percent stressed they should remain.

It’s worth mentioning the questioner was online and did not meet a standard survey.


Some 132 participants left comments on the survey.

The curfew should be lifted

Rabiullah Zaland wrote: “Today I went to Jalalabad City and saw people’s movement. I say the quarantine should be ended because the virus is not spreading through vehicles so what means a ban on them.”

Hidayat Elham says: “The government has no plan for quarantine, only to disturb people, they banned work and markets.”

Some other participants held similar views.

The curfew should remain

Zwak said: “Quarantine should remain in order to remain safe from the pandemic.”

Ahmad Junid wrote: “There are hopes the curfew will be lifted after Eid and the situation in Kabul city and provinces will return to normal.”

However, he feared people would forget about precautions during Eidul Fitr and the situation would further deteriorate.

Another participant, Qudratullah, said all people should adopt the guidelines if they wanted to protect themselves and their families from the deadly virus.

Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon official Syed Habib Arwal said maintaining strict quarantine rules would be difficult after Eid because of increasing poverty.

He said the ministry had the plan to separate infected people from those uninfected but due people’s carelessness, lack of equipment and coordination among government departments, the plan could not be materialized.

He said it would be better if the quarantine measures remained in place, but the health ministry alone could not do so.



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